Introduction to the Project

In 2012 - 2013 Alberta Education, in collaboration with Central Alberta Regional Consortium (CARC), initiated a community of practice to enhance teacher capacity in mathematics instruction and numeracy development for Grade 1 to 6 students with significant disabilities. Participants used the AbleNet Equals Mathematics teaching resource and shared thier experiences about how it works in the Alberta context. They met regularly to share their experiences and build their knowledge around mathematics instruction and numeracy development.

In 2013 - 2014 the project will continue with teachers of students grades 7 to 12.

Schools in the Project

Teachers from the following schools participated in this project
  • September 2013 - June 2014
  • September 2012 - June 2013

Goals of the Project

  • Create a provincial community of practice to explore the effectiveness and appropriateness of the AbleNet Equals Mathematics teaching resource in the Alberta context
  • Enhance the capacity of participating teachers in mathematics instruction and numeracy development for students with significant disabilities
  • Enhance the capacity of participating teachers to collect evidence of success and use this evidence to inform instruction of students with significant disabilities

Expectations of Participating Teachers

  • Participate in a two-day face-to-face professional learning workshop in early fall and a wrap up session in late spring
  • Use the Equals Math teaching resource and materials (Canadian Version)
  • Participate in four online webinars/meetings
  • Access and contribute to a dedicated wiki with other teacher participants from across the province at least once a month
  • Respond to two online surveys (pre and post project)
  • Share success stories

Resources to Support this Project


Equals Math (Canadian Version) is a teacher resource for educators who work with students with significant disabilities.

It encompasses:
  • pre-readiness math skills (attending, cause and effect, etc.),
  • fundamental math skills (numbers and operations, measurement, and estimation), and
  • higher order math skills (data analysis, probability, spatial sense, geometry, algebra, and problem solving).
Each lesson provides three levels of instruction for students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. The resource comes with over 100 manipulatives, vocabulary cards, and other hands-on materials.

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